I'm no 4chan oldfag, but I did jump on early enough to have memories of when S1 Luna was a thing.
Yup, that' me. My RoseGilda story has been on the backburner in favor of focusing on my PMD stuff, another attempt in that fandom to deviate from what Pokemon has become in modern times. Seeing as I have recently finished uploading a chapter last month, I might deign to refocus my efforts for the RoseGilda story. Though to be honest, I have been at a loss at how to proceed with the world building. Got a few strong ideas I want to implement, but no real end goal in sight other than throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks. I'll have to take another looksie to see how things go and figure out what I want to do. Definitely want to do something regarding role reversal, play with Dash's loyalty to Gilda, and perhaps toy with Roseluck being further ostracized from both her old community, her sisters, and perhaps even contempt for what she once was as a coward, but that's for another post... Unless of course, you want to discuss this further.
I can't say I have. I have been vaguely aware of it, but haven't bothered to track it down for various reasons that can be boiled down to distraction and laziness. Perhaps I should though, just to see what the hubba is about.
BuggyCYOA is a nice and refreshing stalwart in staying faithful to the old ways of things in comparison to what has happened to the changelings nowadays. Actually, that goes for the entirety of Equestria and everyone within it when considering what's up on the main page of Fimfiction at present. It's difficult to filter stories on that site for the things I want with regards to it leaving out some of the stuff I don't like from canon, which for obvious reasons have been incorporated into the most works that are either updated or uploaded to it for the past few years. Yours is one of those last few lifelines that could sit comfortably with the 2012 era of pony fiction, when it was more than tolerable and some of the new lore could be enjoyed without it overstaying its welcome.
Unicorn Twilight sitting as a good support character without taking up the limelight as royalty? Check.
Ponyville without that god awful castle? Check.
Gryphons that aren't boiled down to whatever the hell Gryphonstone did to them and with every damn one of them starting with a G just because the show said so? Check. Also divergent world building like that of the old stuff, with some partial inspiration to my own works going forward as far as the gryphs are concerned.
As far as BuggyCYOA is concerned, you struck out on a nice vein of gold, whereas with MoonyCYOA, I cannot say. It's been quiet these days, and much of the more passionate audience has long since left for greener pastures. The ride may never end, but that won't stop people jumping off anyway with the state of the fandom. One thing I have long since realized is that for most people, if the main source material isn't doing anything, they won't stick around for long, save for the more dedicated folks like you and I. The community is too fragmented to wholly rely on stuff like your CYOAs, other fanfiction, and the like to keep a common whole in cohesion. And seeing as the show has made many divisive changes, often what may be attract for one group is not so for another. That, and the environment isn't exactly conducive for productive discussion or the like. The fandom's been worn to the bone, and for most people what was worth extracting has since passed a tipping point.
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